Take some deep breaths again and notice if you feel a change. Perhaps more movement, or a sense of breathing with more ease?
Now let’s try the free, no travel necessary abdominal massage. Notice in the picture above how the liver and stomach are right under the diaphragm. Also notice how the intestines are just below the liver and stomach. They ALL move, glide and slide when you breath as well as in every movement you do. Isn’t that cool!
Have you ever considered this internal movement of your organs before?
Now try this: Lay on your back, knees bent, and inhale. In this moment, as the diaphragm descends, the abdominal organs are moving, gliding, and sliding towards the pelvis. They reach a point where they can’t go down anymore and start to be compressed, and your belly rises. This is your organs being compressed – squeezed like a sponge.
As you exhale, the diaphragm returns to it’s dome shape and the organs decompress. Voila! – abdominal massage.
Do this 6-8 times, and imagine that the organs are being squeezed like a sponge. You can even use your hands over your abdominal organs in a squeeze and release action – as if you were wringing a sponge.
To help out even more, say it to yourself – squeeze like a sponge, and release. Squeeze on the inhale, and release on the exhale.
After you’ve done this 6-8 times, stop to see how you feel. Maybe move your spine around, bring the knees towards the chest, any movement you’d like. Do you feel different somehow? Is there some improvement?
If you haven’t moved much recently, do this slowly and thoughtfully, and stop whenever you feel you need to. Do a little each day, working up to what feels good to you.
The magic doesn’t stop there. The organs above the diaphragm move as well! Besides the lungs moving, the lining around the heart (called the pericardium) has a substantial ligament that attaches to the diaphragm. With each inhale the diaphragm descends, lengthening that ligament. On the exhale the diaphragm goes back up to its dome shape and recoils that ligament, giving the heart and pericardium an action similar to massage.